The Archipelago’s Royal Palaces Festival 2017 celebrated in CIREBON, West Java

13 Sep 2017

Bringing together royalty and sultans as well as descendents of aristocratic families from across the Indonesian Archipelago, the 11th Archipelago's Royal Palaces Festival will be held on 15th to 20th September in the city of Cirebon on the north coast of West Java Province. This will be the second time around that Cirebon hosts the event after it hosted the Second Royal Palaces Festival in 1997.


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Delegates from 50 royal participating palaces as well as 100 observing royal houses will join in this one of a kind cultural festival. In addition to palaces from across the country, there will also be representatives from royal families of neighboring countries including from Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam.


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In total, Cirebon is preparing for the arrival of over 10,000 guests, comprising also both domestic and international tourists. The festival itself will be centered at the royal palaces of the Cirebon, which are the Kasepuhan, the Kanoman, the Kacirebonan, as well as at the historic site of the Sunyaragi Royal Garden.


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The festival will be highlighted with a range of fascinating features to include the grand parade of royal soldiers in their official traditional costumes, traditional art and cultural performances from many royal palaces, royal ceremonies with their regalia and ceremonies and rituals, royal costumes and a fashion show, an exhibition of royal heirlooms, the convention of Rajas and Sultans of the archipelago, and a whole lot more. Also highlighting the festival will be the opening of the Kasepuhan Palace Heirlooms Museum which is scheduled to be officiated by the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo.


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Despite the fact that today the Indonesian State is a Unitary Republic, this vast- stretching archipelago still houses many different royal houses on these countless different islands that were shaped by centuries of historic development, when these regions were once ruled by kings or sultans. Nowadays a number of the royal houses of raja's and sultans still exist, but they are no longer territorial rulers. Today they have become guardians of traditional cultures as well as of highly valuable ancient wisdom.


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As products of traditional cultures, many of Indonesia's unique art forms were originally developed by royal houses and are now recognized worldwide having attracted international interest. These include Batik textiles, the Gamelan Orchestra, the Balinese Kecak Dance, the Pencak Silat Martial Art, that have all been inscribed by UNESCO as World Cultural Heritage. Moreover, architectural masterpieces of ancient kingdoms such as the magnificent Borobudur Temple and the imposing Prambanan have also become important cultural heritage monuments not only for Indonesia but also for the world.


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These distinctive and diverse Indonesian cultural heritage assets have successfully attracted millions of international visitors to travel to the archipelago. Moreover, sultanates such as those of Yogyakarta, Solo, and Palembang have built very representative museums and have additionally developed attractive tour activities. These Palaces and other royal sites are intriguing magnets for both domestic and international visitors who wish to learn and experience more of Indonesia's traditional cultures. The city of Cirebon is a fine example of how cultural traditions and the wisdom of elders have been well preserved within the royal palaces.


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There are 4 palaces or 'Keraton' found here, they are: the Kasepuhan, the Kanoman, the Kacirebonan, and the Keprabon. The city is also well-known for its traditional batik fabric art known as Batik Trusmi with distinct coastal motives influenced by Chinese culture. For culinary lovers, this city offers a wide range of scrumptious traditional menus that are distinctly Cirebon such as Empal Gentong, Tahu Gejrot, NasiJamblang, NasiLengko, and much more.

So, if you are ready to explore the exceptional attractions of Cirebon as well as the many cultural wonders of Indonesia's royal palaces, you should definitely not miss this special festival!


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